Jack L. Honigman

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (33 of 42)
Location: Manchester, U.K.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 42,742 - Total Helpful Votes: 33 of 42
Hallé Tradition ~ Hallé
Hallé Tradition ~ Hallé
This is really a bargain basement price giving, as it does, a snapshot of a famous orchestra of yesteryear, freshened up but, nevertheless, providing a remarkable, historical overview.
A fascinating feature of this CD set is that it has to take account of the 12 inch, four-minute (78 r.p.m.) snatches from which these have been produced and of which the conductor had to be conscious when undertaking recording a symphony - or any other extended work.. This seems to have been achieved remarkably seamlessly.
Obviously, we are not looking at ffrr technique which was not yet available, in most cases. We must listen for the differences of pace and quality of each section of the… Read more
Shostakovich Symphony No.7 - Leningrad ~ Halle
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The stirring opening bars presage a very special musical experience and it is no wonder that this work was a "hit" from its first appearance in the concert halls. This symphony came to be neglected in the immediate post-war period due to political associations.
A short introduction is followed by a lyrical string passage, the cellos pick up the melody to lead to a gentle Tchaikovsky-like interlude which, eventually exposes a march motif which is considered by some to depict the advancing Nazi invaders in 1942; side drums provide the rhythmic military accompaniment. The movement concludes with a mournful, extended bassoon obligato followed by a sweeping reprise of the… Read more
Piano Works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Ch&hellip ~ William Howard (piano)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This CD presents works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Chopin plus "bits and pieces" from compositions by Schumann and David Matthews. All are played with enthusiasm but, inevitably, vary in their interest. For example, Impromptus by Schubert, a Chopin Nocturne and Ballade and a piece by Mendelssohn could appeal to anyone appreciating piano music but one wonders whether listening to a series of sketches (from Bunte Blatter) by Schumann lasting, roughly, from one to two minutes each, would be everyone's cup of tea. Similarly, David Matthews attempt to reduce four Wagner Ring operas to a total of less than six minutes is more a demonstration of musical legerdemain than otherwise… Read more